Maymont Park Engagement | Rachel & Mike

January 3, 2019


For Mike and Rachel, the start of puppy love turned into something much deeper throughout the years. While volunteering at the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad (WARS) in Crozet, Virginia, the two become close friends over their shared love of Rachel’s foster puppies.

Puppy love to true love

Rachel would frequently bring her foster dogs to the rescue squad. In fact, one of Mike’s best memories is when they would sit on the porch at squad together and play with the two puppies they would eventually adopt. Rachel fell in love with her foster pups and adopted the girl dog, Pippa. Mike found out and decided to adopt Pippa’s sibling, Posy. If you ask Mike, he not only adored the dog but Rachel too. He wanted an opportunity to spend more time with Rachel outside of the squad. The two would take their puppy siblings for walks in the dog park. Their dog park adventures turned into complete admiration for each other, and 4 months later they decided to move in together!

Popping the Question

Of course, when Mike decided to pop the question, he knew the dogs had to be involved! Mike dressed up the four dogs in shirts that read “Will you marry me?” She said yes and the rest was history! It’s been 3 years since Rachel and Mike have been together, and their love will become official when they tie the knot in June 2019 at Moss Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Here On Out

Both are UVA graduates, but the Charlottesville connection doesn’t end there. They are both die hard Dave Matthews Band fans. One of Rachel’s fondest memories, is when they flew to Mexico to see the band perform. They had just started dating, so they were still in the” getting-to-know you” phase.  Let’s just say they learned a lot about each other that trip! They have seen the band perform every year since then, so it’s only fitting that Dave Matthews’ “Here On Out” will be their first dance song. The words “is it okay if I call you mine, from here on out? As if I could ever stop” fit so perfectly into Mike and Rachel’s love story. Can’t wait to see where their story begins as husband in wife!


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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

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I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
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When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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